Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains…

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Moto Guzzi California EV 80

Moto Guzzi’s California Touring in California’s Sierra Mountains

Down below is the Valley, with the town of Pine and the almost-dry Owens that water goes to the Los Angeleans.

Photo Credit: Salvadori

Back roads me happy. Two lanes, little preferably with lots of and undulations, rather like the parts of California Routes 58, 120 and Lots of gear changes, of lean, maybe a little on occasion when the yellow and warning sign says 30 mph and the reads 60.

This California Touring certainly enhanced happiness. It has a smooth engine, is and, despite its 700 pounds and wheelbase, handles quite with three Brembo assisted by ABS doing the stopping

In the center is Mount Whitney. At feet, it is the highest point in the United States; climbing to the top is popular.

Moto Guzzi is back into the big-cruiser in a big way with the new California. You have read the road test in the 2013 issue; this is assessment from a road Cruiser-type motorcycles are big business, and the most desirable have engines. But nobody said a motor has to be placed fore and like Harley, Honda, It could go sideways.

Sideways has advantages, the primary one being cooling—the two cylinders sit out in the air, than one behind the other.

versions of all these V-twin have become popular, Harley’s Switchback to Yamaha’s coming with bags and out the door. Now an Italian is in the running, pleasing, with voluptuous and sensuous 24-spoke mag wheels…and a famous name.

Moto has been peddling its California since 1971 when it was by a 757cc engine. That had mildly Harley-ish looks, the calling it “American-style” trim, and a slew of accessories, like and windshields. If anybody has a ’72 in the garage, out that chrome-plated grab at the back of the seat…looks just the one on this 2013 I am riding.

The Guzzi 90-degree V-twin has over the years, from the of 1967 to the 1,351cc of today, now a whopping great 104mm 81.2mm ….

Throw a few in the bags, give the wife a and I’m off to see how the Goose really works. We in a river valley, with low on either side, and the temp up above the tach reads a 70 degrees. Headed east, I go up Grade to the Atascadero Summit at a 1,400 feet, then onto State Route 58, the Carrizo Plain to climb the Temblor Range, summiting at 3,200 feet.

From the I am looking across a mildly 70 miles of the San Joaquin Valley and can see the side of the Sierra Nevada that high one is probably Breckenridge Mountain. These are the serious mountains to my house, and include the highest peak in the U.S. Mount Whitney, at 14,000 feet.

This 1400 Touring is a good for a person of my size, 6-foot, height.

I’m going to head Walker Pass. At 5,280 it’s the southernmost and lowest in the Sierras. Then I’ll north 200 miles to go back the mountains on the highest pass, at 9,945 feet.

Give the a good workout.

It’s a twisty ride down the side of the Temblors. With a wheelbase and an effective fork of 38 degrees, the Cal 14 likes to take the curves at a moderate speed; I’m Although being in a cruising I still enjoy a good and am pleasantly surprised when I nothing scraping; good clearance on this bike.

A pair of shocks support my with the preload set in the middle but no way can they be adjusted without the saddlebags. However, I do find the quite adequate. Good since I don’t want to out if my CruzTool kit has all the necessary bits…the does not come with its own

My neighbor has a 1970 Ambassador V7 a sibling to the first 1971 model; that 1400 is a lot

Speeding across the valley, gets as low as 300 feet above sea I end up slowing down as I enter the stop-and-go traffic leading Bakersfield. I can’t deny the that the Goose’s cylinders put out heat; but it’s not bad, and covers running from the heads back alongside the injectors keep my knees touching anything really

Not all of our editors were as forgiving, as one about the heat, making to Rocky Mountain oysters. I note the two-stage aspect to fuel-injected bikes when the throttle at low speeds and stops, a slow-down, then a slight and another slow-down. I got used to it, but I it could be made smoother.

The appeared to be hitch-hiking, but declined a It would have been to find a helmet to fit her.

In the of Bakersfield, Route 58 cuts while State Route 178 straight east, and before I’m cruising into the Kern Canyon. Cruising may not be the right as that stretch of pavement is very, very twisty bit as we the canyon and head upstream. morning, nobody but me—and two trucks that pull turnouts as soon as they see me in the mirror.

Speaking of which, the Cal 14 has good and with Guzzi’s “elastic mounting, vibration is virtually at speed. Though when I’m at a light, I am reminded of Guzzis of old the engine shaking around.

The are good, with thick at each end of the bars, and adjustable There are a whole bunch of and levers to play with, cruise control, traction and three engine mapping (rain), Turismo and Veloce. I Turismo to be my choice, as I don’t the little extra that provides, and it hasn’t rained.

This bike also has powerful lights, with a of spotlights and a polygonal headlight by LEDs that will a deer in its tracks. I’m not much of a rider, but I do appreciate maximum when it has to be done. Not everything’s of course, and the tinny pair of belong on a child’s tricycle.

We up to Lake Isabella at 2,500 more than a bit depleted a very dry winter, and head the valley toward Walker Old Joe Walker was a mountain man, one of long-ago types who could off the land as long as he had a little to shoot game. He first this pass back in and explored the Sierras for the next 35 look around the 400-mile range and you’ll find at a dozen places with name.

This is my favorite of road, with little lots of undulations, and only the farm dog or loose cow to watch out

Now we roll downhill to a big road, Route 14 (apt!), which into U.S. 395 a few miles to the U.S.

395 is a major highway, right up the eastern side of the catering to the tourist trade. In the skiers head north Los Angeles to the big resorts, or to Death just off to the east. The rest of the there’s still more taking advantage of all that the have to offer. Me?

I set the cruise control at 70 and admire the of the mountains, enjoying the 80-degree

At Olancha, a sign points off to the and tells me that Furnace the center of Death Valley, is a 100 miles away. What it not say is that in this first of summer the temperature will be 120 degrees Fahrenheit…it actually 128 F a few days later. I push on to Pine, and after getting a at a deli for a very late decide to take the road to Portal and enjoy my meal at 8,300 feet.

Moto Guzzi California EV 80

Moto California 1400 Touring.

an easy road with views climbing the 12 miles and feet to the Portal, where athletic types who want to get to the top of Whitney park their to start the 22-mile round-trip I watch some of these smiling hikers start up the and also note the exhausted, returnees coming back I’m happy on my motorcycle.

With done, it’s back to Lone Pine and a return to It’s only 60 miles to which is a major tourist along the highway, offering than 20 motels to sleep in and 30 to feed you. I find a in an old-fashioned motel, the kind the windows open and I can park in front, and check the weather There’s a rain front south, but it’s supposed to somewhere right around National Park. We’ll

Dinner? Right next to the is a Japanese restaurant, while a of blocks farther along is Crust Pizza. I opt for the Italian and California wine.

Morning shows clouds up more or less hugging the I’ve got raingear if necessary, and put a couple of layers on under my jacket. Bishop lies at 4,100 feet, and 50 miles I feel chilly as I go over Summit at 8,000 feet.

to get chillier.

The fattish tires on the made traveling

occasional roads quite easy—but no sand, please.

Pulling Lee Vining, near the entrance to National Park on the east of Tioga Pass, I gas up. A bit of a sprinkle is the ground; Lee Vining is at 6,700 but since I’m going up close to I add another layer of warmth and the rain pants, jacket, and gloves and head up State 120—but not before putting the status on Pioggia.

It does a big difference, slowing the power so to speak, so much so I don’t it and go back to Turismo. Adjusting output electronically is not high on my as I think I can do a good job controlling the with my right wrist. And traction control may have a advantage when riding really fast, I’m certainly not to be over-revving the engine on my way up to Tioga.

Up and up we go, clouds occasionally covering the a steady light rain and the gauge on the dash steadily At the entrance to the park at 9,945 it’s windy, wet and 45 degrees. Now for the 50-mile drop down Pass Road, past rock, cloud-covered lakes and sequoia trees, occasionally until I get to the stop sign at the Yosemite Valley, left, Route 120, right.

I go left and drop down more into the valley. asked Joe Walker what the day in his life was and he said it was camping in Valley. Though he might not liked it today when it is with tourists.

From the I head south through the Wawona Tunnel on Wawona which will morph State Route 41 as soon as I the park at Fish Camp. is less than 200 miles a good thing because 4,000 miles on the bike’s the rear tire is just done.

It was a short trip, but a enjoyable one—even with the The Moto Guzzi California Touring does make a touring motorcycle. Its seating is relatively upright, with the windshield keeping the wind

The seat is comfortable, the gas tank 5.4 gallons, and the big twin averaged a 40 mpg over the 1,200 miles I put on the I could easily do a coast-to-coast on veloce turismo motorcycle, with a little pioggia .

article Mountain Goose: Guzzi’s California 1400 in California’s Sierra Nevada was published in the October 2013 of Rider magazine.)

Looking from Walker Pass, at feet, and the memorial to Joe Walker, the road dropping down feet to Indian Wells

Moto Guzzi California EV 80
Moto Guzzi California EV 80
Moto Guzzi California EV 80
Moto Guzzi California EV 80
Moto Guzzi California EV 80

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